Handmade Gifts, Hat, Introvert Personality/ISTJ, Me Time

three more hats

Hey all! I had a busy few days and I managed to whip up these hats as gifts. The first is the Helix hat which was knit for my son with yarn that he picked from my scrap bin. I’m not sure that he planed a Halloween themed hat but that is what we ended up with. I really enjoy knitting this pattern. I managed to knit it from start to finish in one day.

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: My Son
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hats by Jessica Rose *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size
  • STARTED: Sept 23rd
  • COMPLETED: Sept 24th
  • YARN: Red Heart Super Saver scraps in the shades of black, bright yellow, and pumpkin
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 101.1 yards
  • WEIGHT: 55 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: next time add .5 to 1 inches before starting the decreases

I also finished up my Christmas knitting with these two hats. I love how they turned out and I will be knitting this pattern again sometime in the near future.

RAVELRY NOTES

hat on mannequin head

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Knit Picks Mighty Stitch in the shade of Sliver
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE: 122.7
  • WEIGHT: 59 grams
  • NEEDLES:  4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

RAVELRY NOTES

  • GIFT RECIPIENT: Christmas Gift
  • PATTERN: Bankhead Hats by Susie Gourlay *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: Large
  • STARTED: September 20th
  • COMPLETED: September 25th
  • YARN: Lion Brand Heartland in the shade of Mount Rainier
  • HANDDYED: no
  • YARDAGE:116.7
  • WEIGHT: 66 grams
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7
  • METHOD: circular needles & dpn’s
  • MODIFICATIONS: none
  • NOTES: none

So, I have finished my Christmas knitting! I have one more donation hat to knit before I ship those off too. I’m going to continue making monthly donation hats for next years donation package while I gear up for this years craft sale the weekend before Thanksgiving.

The number of humans have occupying our home has doubled this week because my in laws are in the process of moving back home from another state. They can’t close on their new house until their old house closes. Luckily they will all be at work and school most of the time so I will still have time to create while I introvert. However, I expect that time to be limited because of the extra cleaning, laundry, and cooking. So. I fear that my blogging for the month of October might be a little sparse. I hope that you all have a happy, safe and creative fall. It just might be snowing when I come back on line.

 

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Goals

Organizational Success 

A few weeks ago I shared a trunk that my kind mother bought for me at Hobby Lobby.

Last week I bought a bunch of pencil pouches at the dollar store. So for $15.00 I was able to turn this mess

into an organized storage space

I divided up all of my circular knitting needles and double pointed knitting needles according to size.

I wrote the sizes on the front corners of each pouch according to their US and metric sizes. 

I’ve wanted to organize this mess for years. I had previously been dumping them loose into a tote and I’d have to hunt and peck for the right sizes. Which usually meant scattering them on the floor and using a needle gage on a bunch of double pointed needles just to find five needles in the same size just to finish a hat. 

The funniest thing I noticed is that I don’t own a set of needles in size 9 and I apparently only have one dpn in size 7 unless the rest of the set is in a project bag or hiding some where else. Most of my knitting needles are in sizes 1 – 3. 

Yay!!! What can I clean up next? 

Handmade Gifts, Introvert Personality/ISTJ, Me Time, Socks

Sport Socks

Hey, all! Wow, last week was my kids first week of school and it was insanely busy even though they only went to school for three days. This week has been better! I’ve been getting up a little earlier than normal than I do on school days. I’ve been making coffee and a little something for breakfast and it seems to be giving me a little more ambition to be productive. My allergies are doing better for the time being and I often find myself working on a craft project before I even take my kids to school.

I’ve been coming home and doing a few household chores before settling in with  my knitting and a knitting podcast or two. I’ve been making healthy veggie filled lunches before finishing up with chores and some quiet time in the afternoons. It’s crazy how inhuman the introvert in me felt after being laid up in the house with my foot injury, allergies, and two noisy kids for most of the summer. The balance is good at least until harvest season starts! The crop dust and dying leaves really bothers me too.

I’m finally getting a few gifts checked off my Christmas gift list. These are for my hubby

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Hubby
  • PATTERN: 64 sts with sport weight yarn  
  • SIZE: Men’s 10.5
  • STARTED: June 11th 2017
  • COMPLETED: Sept. 6th 2017
  • YARN: Knit Picks bare sport weight – hand dyed by me with jacquards sapphire dye
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 294 yards
  • NEEDLES: 2.75 mm/US # 2
  • METHOD: two at a time toe up magic loop
  • MODIFICATIONS: I casted on 28 sts (14 on each needle) – inc to 64 sts – knit foot of sock for 8.5 inches – added gusset and heel from the socks on a plane pattern – knit leg for 1.5 inches – knit 10 row 2×2 rib for cuff – stretchy bind off
  • NOTES: next time knit the leg for three inches and the cuff for 20 rounds
Allergies, Handmade Gifts, Hat

Helix Hat 

Hey All! 

Three whole days until school starts!!! I’m excited but my children are not. 

My Grandma left a funny comment on my last post and I thought that I’d address it here! Grandma thought that I was up posting blog posts before 5 AM. I’m pretty sure that she was trying to figure out how I became such a morning person when I was such a pain in the rear as a child. 

I’m still not a morning person. I never will be. I tolerate mornings with more dignity and grace than I did with a child. I would say that with age and maturity I’ve learned to shut my mouth and to keep my gripes to myself. I still dislike mornings but I think a lot of it now days is due to allergy, sinus, breathing, and sleeping problems. I wake up with headaches and jaw pain and I just want to be left alone with my coffee for a good hour. NO TALKING PLEASE!!! In the summers this means waking before my kids do and during the school year it means rushing everyone out the door. Hence the excitement for school days and routines. 

The funniest part about this whole thing is that my Son acts the same way I did as a child. What is that saying about your children paying you back ten fold? I’m pretty sure that has nothing to do with yarn money. 

So, no Grandma I’m not up posting on my blog before 5:00 AM! I’m currently sitting and typing this post at 9:05 Wednesday morning while I’m cooking breakfast. I will schedule it to automatically post at 4:44 AM on Friday morning. Isn’t technology grand!!! It’s rare that I post in real time. 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: Daughter 
  • PATTERN: Stashbusting Helix Hat *free on Ravelry
  • SIZE: one size 
  • STARTED: Aug 21st
  • COMPLETED: Aug 22nd 
  • YARN: Scraps of worsted weight acrylic 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 103 yards
  • NEEDLES: 4.5 mm/US 7 

I really like how this hat turned out. I foresee making a bunch with yarn from my scrap bin. I think that the concept will apply to socks as well. This cheerfully colored hat was a great palette clenzer after knitting the black sweater. The other night I started knitting an Advent calendar and I plan to make at least one more. One to use and one for decoration! The one for decoration is made up of traditional Nordic mitten patterns. 

*** My allergies and sinuses are currently bothering me so bad that I have trouble sleeping at night. I end up grinding my teeth and waking up with headaches and jaw pain. Tuesday I noticed that both sides of my lower jaw are bruised on the inside of my mouth from all of the teeth grinding. I’m really not exaggerating when I say my allergies are trying to kill me from the inside out. I’m tired of feeling sick and tired. 

Allergies, Box0Sox, Socks

Melted Crayon Socks 

Wow! I love how these socks turned out. This is the last skein of my anniversary yarn. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to knit with it. I think that they make great cheery socks. The ribbing that I added makes them extra soft and squishy. 


RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: basic sock plus 3 x 1 rib 
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: May 22nd
  • COMPLETED: May 29th 
  • YARN: Knitted Whit Victory Sock in the shade of Melted Crayon 
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 335 yards 
  • NEEDLES: 3.00 mm/US 2.5 
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES:  – Judy’s magic cast on 32 stitches  – Increase to 60 sts – Knit 3, purl 1 rib


Here are the other items that I knit with my anniversary yarn… 

RAVELRY NOTES

  • RECIPIENT: me
  • PATTERN: Grand Central Socks
  • SIZE: Women’s 11
  • STARTED: March 24th
  • COMPLETED: April 26th
  • YARN: Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot in the shade of Periwinkle
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 292.5 yards/65 grams
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1
  • MODIFICATIONS/NOTES: true afterthought heel

RAVELRY NOTES

  • PATTERN: Sockhead Slouch Hat
  • STARTED: October 24th 2016
  • COMPLETED: December 20th 2016
  • YARN: Knitted Wit Pixie Plied in the Shade of Bad Santa
  • YARDAGE/WEIGHT: 280 yards/70 grams
  • FIBER CONTENT: 92% Wool – Merino/8% Other
  • NEEDLES: 2.25 mm/US # 1 and 3.25 mm/US # 3

* School is out for the summer so I have extra helpers in the house. This year I ordered workbooks from Amazon and I plan to bribe encourage my kids to do a page each week day. They also have; reading goals, creative goals, cooking lessons, chores, and outdoor activities to complete before they are allowed to play with their electronic toys. Their response was that I’m the worst Mom ever. 🤣

I managed to get food poisoning at the end of last week. I’m pretty sure that I made a smoothie with spoiled Greek yogurt. I figured out that the yogurt was bad when I went to make another smoothie a couple of day later. I don’t think I’ll eating yogurt anytime soon. 

If that wasn’t bad enough my sinuses are so swollen and irritated that I’ve had a headache that has settled right behind my eyes for the last five days. All I’ve wanted to do is sleep. 

I hope you are all having a happy and creative week! 💞 Missy 

Allergies

The tree that conspires to kill me

The crabapple tree that bothers my allergies so much is in full bloom! Within a week these blossoms should fall off and blow away! Until then I’m just going to live in my climate controlled imaginary bubble. Where I can knit and drink coffee to my hearts content while imaginary fairies clean my house. 

Have a happy, safe, and creative weekend! 💞 Missy